February 28, 2021 by Amy Gold
During the week of February 21, 2021, Stevie Wonder confirmed his plans to move to Ghana permanently and explained why in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Also that week, the National Basketball Association announced that Gladys Knight will perform the national anthem at the upcoming 70th NBA All-Star Game to air March 7, 2021 on TNT and TBS.
Ringo Starr will be the subject of a virtual presentation beginning March 4, 2021 as part of COLLECTION:LIVE, the Grammy Museum's online streaming service. The program will include archival interviews with the former Beatles drummer as well as his exhibit, "Ringo: Peace & Love." A new interview with Starr will then premiere on March 18 in which he discusses his upcoming album and book.
Aerosmith's European tour, which was postponed from 2020 to this year due to the pandemic, is now scheduled to begin in June 2022. For the band's full itinerary and ticket info, visit Aerosmith.com.
Also that week, it was announced that "The Collected Works Of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts And Lyrics" featuring writings by the late Doors frontman, many previously unpublished, will be coming out June 8, 2021. Also, Paul McCartney shares much of his life story through his songs in his upcoming book, "The Lyrics," due out on November 2.
Finally, the legendary former Beatle gave some three dozen Princeton students the shock of their lives when he made a surprise appearance at their songwriting class. About 30 minutes into the lecture, their professor gave them a partial heads-up about McCartney's visit when he announced that a "test student" would be joining them virtually to listen to and critique their songs.
James Burke (d. February 19, 2021, age 70): Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and member of the Chicago family soul group, The Five Stairsteps, best known for the 1970 smash, "O-o-h Child"
New & Upcoming Releases:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. - Silly Love Songs (single from "Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons") - digital download, streaming - February 23, 2021
Steven Tyler & Billy Gibbons - Rattlesnake Shake (single from "Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac") - digital download, streaming - February 25, 2021
Ann Wilson of Heart - The Hammer (single) - digital download, streaming - February 25, 2021
Nancy Wilson of Heart - You And Me (single, title track from upcoming album) - digital download, streaming - March 8, 2021
David Bowie - Something In The Air (Live Paris 99) (1999 live album reissue) - CD, vinyl - March 12, 2021
Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad - From Chile With Love (live video) - DVD - April 16, 2021
The Who - The Who Sell Out (1967 album reissue) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - April 23, 2021
Nancy Wilson of Heart - You And Me - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - May 7, 2021
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. - Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - ca. spring, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
'O-o-h Child' Singer James Burke, of the Five Stairsteps, Dies at 70 https://t.co/kQUyhJu4pi— Variety (@Variety) February 23, 2021
Nancy Wilson has released more details of her upcoming debut solo album, 'You and Me,' including the full track listing and cover artwork: https://t.co/XaWOx0IEms— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) February 23, 2021
Aerosmith have postponed their 2021 European tour for another year - and seem to have mistakenly confirmed Glastonbury Festival 2022 datehttps://t.co/nu513gspcF— Classic Rock Magazine (@ClassicRockMag) February 23, 2021
Music News: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. release "Silly Love Songs" cover from upcoming Lennon-McCartney tribute album https://t.co/RlVM7JgGMs More @ https://t.co/u9twSRpzVO pic.twitter.com/thndKoCfXy— X101 - wxhc 101.5 fm (@X101_wxhc) February 24, 2021
NEW RELEASE: The fifth release in @DavidBowieReal's Brilliant Live Adventures series has been announced and will be Something In The Air (Live Paris 99).— Dig! (@thisisdigmusic) February 24, 2021
Everything you need to know 👉https://t.co/663KDwlgYv
This June, @HarperCollins will publish 'The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts and Lyrics,' featuring a wealth of previously unpublished writing by the Doors' legendary front man: https://t.co/kcwwcL3Naz pic.twitter.com/sIDplagKqZ— Rock Cellar Magazine (@RockCellarMag) February 24, 2021
.@PaulMcCartney has finally decided to publish a memoir. In "The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present," to be released Nov. 2, McCartney will trace his life through 154 songs, and with the help of poet Paul Muldoon.https://t.co/nnHuLxBNgv— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) February 24, 2021
The Who will rerelease their 1967 album 'The Who Sell Out' as a giant reissue with unreleased tracks and Pete Townshend's original demos. https://t.co/Nn1H8KTsY5— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 26, 2021
Grammy Museum has announced a virtual Ringo Starr program next month featuring a virtual exhibit and interviews with the former Beatle. https://t.co/nMOmO6WZiA— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 26, 2021
Heart's Ann Wilson has returned with her second single of 2021, a big riff hard rocker, "The Hammer." https://t.co/zuy1sCog11— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 26, 2021